Last night, I watched the latest “premiere” on the Lifetime Movie Network, Is There A Killer On My Street?
Why Was I Watching It?
I have to admit that Lifetime fooled me. I thought this was a brand new movie, largely because it was listed as having been released in 2020. When I saw that, I was like, “Well, there’s no way I’m going to miss a new Lifetime movie! Especially one that isn’t a sentimental Christmas film!”
Well, it turns out that Is There A Killer On My Street has been around for at least two years. It was originally released under the title The Neighborhood Nightmare, way back in 2018. When Lifetime aired the movie, they changed the title and apparently, that was enough for this movie to reclassified as a 2020 release.
That said, I’m not angry at Lifetime. The COVID-19 outbreak shut down a lot of productions and I can only imagine how many Lifetime movies were put on indefinite hold earlier this year. So, Lifetime picked up an old movie and changed the title. Big deal. It was still new to the network, right?
Don’t worry, Lifetime. I’ve got your back.
What Was It About?
It’s time for another round of sex and sin in the suburbs! Having escaped from an abusive marriage, Lindsay Porter (Julie McNiven) and her teenage daughter have settled down in a beautiful house in a beautiful neighborhood. (Seriously, there’s never been an ugly house in a Lifetime movie.) Lindsay even starts to date her new neighbor, Dr. Stephen Lane (Trevor Donovan). However, when strange things start to happen and eventually someone shows up dead, Lindsay is forced to consider how much she knows about not just Stephen but her neighbors as well!
I always love a good Lifetime sin-in-the-suburbs film and Is There A Killer In My Street had all the right ingredients. Melodrama, murder, yoga, swimming pools, a good-looking cast, and a director who was willing to let everyone go just a little overboard. This was an entertainingly sordid movie and that’s exactly what I was looking for on Friday night.
I will say that the film also did a surprisingly good job of keeping you guessing. I thought I had figured out who the murderer would be just to then discover that I was totally wrong. I’m usually really good at predicting who the murderer is going to be in a Lifetime whodunit so I have to give this film a lot of credit for keeping me on my toes. I’ve seen a lot of these films and it’s always nice to discover that I can still be surprised.
What Did Not Work?
I could nitpick but screw that. This movie was too much fun for nitpicking. I mean, let’s be honest. We’re all pretty much going to be stuck in our current bizarre situation for the forseesable future. Films like Is There A Killer On My Street are going to be essential for keeping us entertained.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
I appreciated that Lindsay and I both have red hair. I share her struggle.
If you even have to ask whether or not there’s a killer on your street, you’re already in trouble.